Despite a strong push to get him back, Variety reports that Disney and Marvel are standing by their decision to not reinstate James Gunn as director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”.
Gunn was let go from the project nearly a month ago when dozens of Gunn’s old joke tweets about paedophilia and rape were resurfaced by alt-right agitators. The studio quickly removed Gunn from directing, saying the comments were not in line with Disney’s family-friendly image.
Since then, support for Gunn has been widespread including the ‘Guardians’ cast. Gunn and his agency reps pushed hard for a second chance, and Disney studio chairman Alan Horn decided to take a meeting with Gunn to clear the air. However Horn reportedly stood by his decision to not reinstate Gunn as director.
Disney and Marvel are shortly expected to continue the search for a new director and it is still unknown if the production schedule will be affected by the change in the director’s seat.
The report follows in the wake of far-right syndicated news outlet Breitbart earlier this week posting up old photos of Gunn attending a costume party with the theme of ‘To Catch a Predator’ in which he went as a reverend.
At the same time ‘Guardians’ actor Chris Pratt spoke with the Associated Press some more about what’s going on, telling AP Wire: “We all love James and he’s a good friend of ours, but we also really love playing the Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s a complicated situation for everybody. I love going to Comic-Con but I ended up not doing a lot of interviews around that time just because it was so shocking. All I know is we put a lot of time, thought and effort into the statement that we released about it and I think we all kind of want that statement to be essentially what we have to say about it. And we were pretty clear and honest about how we feel.”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” hasn’t yet set a release date.